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Riverbend ends with a bang

Riverbend comes to a close Saturday night with a fireworks show. (Image: WTVC)

On Saturday, Riverbend marked it's end with a Fireworks show sure to catch the eye and ear of anyone in the region.

As the festival reaches it's close, visitors and vendors reminisced on the music and the memories of Riverbends past.

Sweltering heat and a night of showers didn't keep crowds away form the eight day music festival.

"It's always hot in the summer, we've come to expect that," longtime festival attendee Rhonda James told NewsChannel 9 on Saturday.

Like many Chattanoogans, Riverbend is a tradition for James.

"Oh, I've been coming for years and years, since it first started," Rhonda said.

On the other hand, this is John and Lisa Morris' first time at the festival.

"They had an opening and here we are," John told NewsChannel 9.

The pair serves up sweet and savory treats all festival long at their Shrimp Po'Boy stand right inside the entrance.

"We're selling shrimp po'boys, we're selling shrimp on a stick, we're selling deep fried chocolate chip cookie dough," Lisa said.

Another vendor doing well this year is Cindy Stone.

She works at the T-Shirt booth also on the drag near the main entrance.

Compared to last year, Stone said business this year is "about the same."

Amy Morrow with Friends of the Festival said that although they don't have exact numbers, they expect the overall turnout to be as good if not better than the previous year.

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